Computers have transformed life as we know it. Advances in computing enabled breakthroughs in genetics, protein modeling, medicine, weather simulations, and most scientific fields. Because of the Internet, people separated by oceans can communicate and collaborate at work and through social networks. The Internet has also revolutionized business practices. Video game and movie graphics are increasingly realistic. Children can learn various skills using fun, educational software. Policies and laws had to be rewritten to account for the new world created in cyberspace. Computer science has been at the center of this technological revolution, creating new opportunities and presenting new challenges in a variety of fields. Computer scientists advance the state of the art by creating more efficient, effective solutions to problems.
Our faculty are devoted to preparing students for their futures as leaders in computer science by teaching them the fundamental problem-solving skills and concepts of computer science and challenging them to derive innovative solutions to new problems. Our faculty also actively participate in research and scholarship, collaborating with colleagues inside and outside of Washington and Lee.
With a solid foundation in computer science and access to state-of-the-art computing facilities, Washington & Lee students are empowered with the problem-solving skills to tackle tomorrow's challenges. Since computer science affects so many other disciplines, many students pursue computer science along with another major. Some students complement another major with computer science courses to improve their marketability after graduation.